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Furious Xi Scrambles Fighter Jets Across South China Sea As He Erupts At Nancy Pelosi Trip

The top US politician landed on the island at approximately 10.45pm local time. The PLA scrambled an unknown number of SU-35 multi-role fighter jets as the plane she is believed to have been in approached the island.

The Chinese broadcaster CGTN said that a number of the Chinese aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait as the US Speaker of the House landed on the island.

The move to visit Taiwan has infuriated Beijing, which sees the country as a breakaway province of China.

The visit was not part of Ms Pelosi’s official itinerary on her Asia trip.

As she landed in the country, air raid sirens could be heard in Chinese cities on the mainland.

The news follows a day of military activity prompted by her visit including the massing of PLA tanks on beaches across the straight from Taiwan.

Taiwanese Government websites were also reportedly hit with cyberattacks just hours before her visit.

Additionally, both Chinese aircraft carriers have been put to sea. Although their locations are not confirmed, the USS Ronald Regan carrier group is operating in the area.

Taiwanese Government websites were also reportedly hit with cyberattacks just hours before her visit.

The website FlightRadar24 reportedly crashed as 300,000 people logged on to try to track Ms Pelosi’s flight from Malaysia to Taiwan.

China has slammed the trip and has warned that the United States will “pay the price” for the visit.

A Chinese foreign Ministry spokeswoman said: “The US side will bear the responsibility and pay the price for undermining China’s sovereign security interests.”

Wang Yi, the Chinese Foreign Minister, warned Ms Pelosi she was “playing with fire”.